Peter Robinson on retirement: “It needs to be at a time when I feel that I have accomplished some of the key goals that I have set for myself. So, when that occurs it will happen, it will not be according to the calendar.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Politics in Northern Ireland may be in a confused mess at the moment, but ahead of this weekend’s annual DUP conference First Minister Peter Robinson (...)

Nicola Sturgeon is announced as the new leader of the SNP at the party’s annual conference yesterday. She is due to become first minister next week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Nicola Sturgeon, who will become Scotland’s first minister next week, has many claims to fame that could be shared with other successful politicians, (...)

Sinn Fein Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness today promised to reciprocate if the SDLP gave Sinn Féin a free run in three constituencies. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The SDLP has turned down a call from Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness for an electoral pact for May’s Westminster general election(...)

 Queen Elizabeth II attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. Photograph:  Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, yesterday joined in Remembrance Day ceremonies in Enniskillen and Belfas(...)

The Northern Assembly’s justice committee arising from the Máiria Cahill (pictured) case has decided to hold an inquiry into how the North’s criminal justice system dealt with sexual abuse within the republican community. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has written to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and DUP First Minister Peter Robinson calling for (...)

 Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the fact that Stormont talks have finally met in full session, involving all the participa(...)

US envoy to the interparty talks Gary Hart speaking at a press conference in the US Consulate General offices in Belfast today.Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

The US has no interest in “dictating” a solution to long-running political differences in Northern Ireland, US envoy Gary Hart has said, urging the(...)

US envoy to the inter-party talks, Gary Hart (right), is met at Parliament buildings Stormont by SDLP Leader Alasdair McDonnell and party colleague Joe Byrne. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The United States envoy to the North’s interparty talks has held a series of meeting aimed at ending deadlock over flags, parades and legacy issues of(...)

Media spotlight: Maíria Cahill on Monday at Stormont, where she met First Minister Peter Robinson. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The news of the past 11 days has been dominated by the story of Maíria Cahill. We have heard about her bitter, damaging experience at the hands of an (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 6:55

Sinn Féin has dissociated itself from the endorsement by a senior republican of a blog claiming Maíria Cahill was involved in a consensual relationshi(...)